viernes, 7 de enero de 2011

Los "conspiranoicos" sostenella y no enmendalla...(I) o del "fraudulento" Dr. Wakefield

En febrero 2010 fué en Lancet...

Following the judgment of the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel on Jan 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect, contrary to the findings of an earlier investigation.

In particular, the claims in the original paper that children were “consecutively referred” and that investigations were “approved” by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record.

The Editors of The Lancet
The Lancet, London NW1 7BY, UK Published Online February 2, 2010 DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60175-4


Los "conspiranoicos" sostenella y no enmendalla...

y todavía algunos "resistian" en sus argumentos...

Ahora es BMJ

"Authored by Andrew Wakefield and 12 others, the paper’s scientific limitations were clear when it appeared in 1998.2 3 As the ensuing vaccine scare took off, critics quickly pointed out that the paper was a small case series with no controls, linked three common conditions, and relied on parental recall and beliefs.4 Over the following decade, epidemiological studies consistently found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.5 6 7 8 By the time the paper was finally retracted 12 years later,9 after forensic dissection at the General Medical Council’s (GMC) longest ever fitness to practise hearing,10 few people could deny that it was fatally flawed both scientifically and ethically. But it has taken the diligent scepticism of one man, standing outside medicine and science, to show that the paper was in fact an elaborate fraud."

En conclusión:

"The MMR scare was based not on bad science but on a deliberate fraud," Godlee (BMJ editor) said, adding that such "clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare." However, the editorial noted that despite the retraction and other challenges to the original study, "damage to public health continues" as many British children remain unprotected even as efforts continue "to restore parents' trust in the vaccine."

Y con respecto al "fraudulento" Dr. Wakefield añade BMJ

"What of Wakefield’s other publications? In light of this new information their veracity must be questioned. Past experience tells us that research misconduct is rarely isolated behaviour.25 Over the years, the BMJ and its sister journals Gut and Archives of Disease in Childhood have published a number of articles, including letters and abstracts, by Wakefield and colleagues. We have written to the vice provost of UCL, John Tooke, who now has responsibility for Wakefield’s former institution, to ask for an investigation into all of his work to decide whether any more papers should be retracted."

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